Hay Hay It’s Donna Day is a monthly event, hosted this month by Milk and Cookies. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Donna Hay, being from the US and all, but from what information I gathered from the event history page, she’s Australia’s equivalent of Martha Stewart. In any case, this month’s theme was fritters, and I *love* fritters, so I’m all in!
The event description didn’t specify that it had to be a Donna Hay recipe (and I wouldn’t know where to find one anyway, since her magazine isn’t available here), so I decided to make apple fritters, using a Rachael Ray recipe. Super simple to make, and for once, I didn’t change anything about the recipe. It was wonderful as-is, maybe next time I’ll drizzle some caramel over it. It kind of reminds me of funnel cake with apples inside. It also was a great way to use some of these apples I have laying around.
Nothin’ to Fret About Apple Fritters (Rachael Ray)
Vegetable oil, for frying
4 apples, Red or Golden Delicious or, 2 of each
2 teaspoons lemon juice (1 wedge will do)
2 cups complete pancake mix, any brand
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or equivalent of freshly grated
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Heat 1-inch vegetable oil on moderate to medium high heat. If you wish to test the oil, add a 1-inch cube of bread to hot oil. If it turns deep golden brown in color in a count of 40, the oil is ready.
Core apples with an apple corer. Cut into 1/4-inch thick slices across, forming apple rings. Sprinkle sliced apples with the juice of a wedge of lemon to prevent browning.
Mix together pancake mix and water, season with nutmeg. Place confectioners’ sugar in a sifter or a tea strainer. Place a piece of cardboard or brown paper sack on a work surface for draining fritters. Working in small batches of 5 to 6 slices, coat rings of apple in batter, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until evenly golden brown.
Transfer to paper bag or towels to drain. When all the fritters are cooked, let oil cool before discarding.
Top fritters with confectioners’ sugar and transfer to a serving platter.